Why a Master's in Clinical Pharmacy?

The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy degree provides you with the latest training in clinical pharmacy practice. Coursework in pharmacotherapy, clinical reasoning and decision making, and evidence-based medicine prepares you for a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, ambulatory clinics and even expansion of community-based clinical pharmacy services. The thesis or capstone project component allow you to explore a subject of your choice more deeply, further allowing you to meet your professional needs.

Pharmacists seeking advanced clinical pharmacy education, but unable to meet the experiential rotation requirements of a PharmD program, will benefit from this degree program.

Outside of the United States, the online program increases access to advanced clinical pharmacy education allowing pharmacists to continue working, advancing their career, education and clinical pharmacy practice worldwide.

Is This Program Right For Me?

Our program is an excellent post-graduate option if you are a pharmacist with a BS or MS in Pharmacy, or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and are:

  • Looking to advance your career in a clinical pharmacy practice setting; ie health system pharmacy, ambulatory or acute care pharmacy.
  • Seeking formal training in the latest clinical pharmacy practice guidelines in pharmacotherapy and health systems pharmacy.
  • Interested in a flexible, interactive, online, graduate degree program.

Please note:

  • Completion of the Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy does not meet requirements for U.S. pharmacist licensure.
  • Recent PharmD graduates from ACPE or CCAPP-accredited programs should closely review the Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy curriculum as it encompasses the didactic curriculum of our current ACPE-accredited PharmD degree.
  • The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy includes a variety of professional and academic coursework in theoretical and applied clinical pharmacy. It does not include Introductory or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE/APPEs) at this time. The program is exploring a limited internship option to expand applied learning. Students seeking the full APPE experience should consider our PharmD pathways.

Program Highlights

  • 33 semester credit hours, completed online
  • No on-campus travel requirements
  • Requires a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Master of Science in Pharmacy (MPharm) or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Courses being in fall (August) and spring (January)

The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy program requires the completion of 33 semester credit hours of online coursework. The program is designed to provide students with the fundamentals to succeed in any clinical pharmacy setting and includes coursework in pharmacy practice, applied clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacotherapy and healthcare systems. In addition to the didactic coursework, there are two practice-based, longitudinal portfolios on drug information and professional skills and a capstone thesis project.

11.5 Credit Hours

Complete courses focused on foundational, pharmacy practice and appllied clinical pharmacy core.

Online Courses - These courses serve as the foundation for clinical and applied practice courses. Courses in this category are prerequisites for other courses.

  • Clinical Skills Foundations
  • Drug Information Fundamentals

Foundational Core - These courses serve as the foundation for clinical and applied practice courses. Courses in this category are prerequisites for other courses.

  • Masters Drug Information Portfolio
  • Masters Professional Skills Portfolio
  • Interprofessional Leadership & Development
  • Instructional Materials

Applied Clinical Pharmacy Practice Core - These courses build on the above categories and Pharmacotherapy courses, providing students the knowledge and skills to provide patient-centered pharmacy care. Examples include Evidence-based Medicine and Literature Evaluation, and Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making.

  • Evidence-Based Medicine and Literature Evaluation
  • Clinical Reasoning & Decision Making

15 credit hours

Select courses based upon pharmacy practice and professional goals.

Pharmacotherapy - Complete 8 credit hours of the 15 credit hours offered in several therapeutic areas. Courses include significant skills-based activities, thereby preparing students to succeed in advanced application of skills in the clinical capstone course and future patient-centered pharmacy care practice.

  • Cardiovascular/Renal (2.5)
  • Gastointestinal/Nutrition (2.5)
  • Infectious Diseases (2.0)
  • Oncology I (2.0)
  • Geriatrics/Neurology/Psychiatry (3.0)
  • Endoctrine/Hematology/Pulmonary/Gynecology (3.0)

Healthcare Systems - Complete 2 credit hours of the 5 credit hours offered. Courses in this area provide students an understanding of U.S. based healthcare systems issues (i.g., Healthcare Informatics).

  • Public Health (1.0)
  • U.S.-based Health Economics (1.0)
  • U.S. Pharmacy Leadership and Management (1.0)
  • Healthcare informatics (1.0)

Electives - 5 credit hours - Electives allow students to design a program to meet their professional needs.

  • Course options include: Bone & Connective Tissue, Critical Care, Pediatrics, Palliative Care, Pharmacogenomics, Integrative Health & Medicine, Pharmaceutical Industry, or any additonal of the above. (credits vary by course

Professional and academic coursework showcasing theoretical and applied clinical pharmacy practice knowledge.

Clinical Capstone Course

This course integrates essential core pharmacy practice topics, requiring students to apply prior learning, in an integrated manner. The application of learning to complex patient scenarios prepares students for patient-centered pharmacy care practice.

Capstone Thesis Project

Theory becomes practice. The Capstone Thesis Project is the pinnacle of the program and demonstrates systems-level thinking. The multi-faceted project will be completed across the MS in Clinical Pharmacy program.

Practice-Based Longitudinal Portfolio

Perform patient-related activities in two separate longitudinal portfolios, one on drug information and another on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). The EPAs may require permission from the student’s worksite or self-chosen site. Students complete activities throughout their enrollment in the program.

Eligibility Requirements

The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy program is open to pharmacists who meet one of the following requirements:

  • The applicant completed a bachelor degree (or equivalent, including MPharm) in pharmacy and from any Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).
  • The applicant completed a bachelor degree (or equivalent, including MPharm) in pharmacy from locally-approved / accredited college or university program outside of the United States.
  • The applicant completed a PharmD degree from an ACPE or CCAPP-accredited program or other international PharmD program.

Application Requirements

  • Application Deadline – Students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semester. Applications are accepted at any time, provided the application is received prior to each semester’s deadline.
    • Fall Application Deadline – April 15 for classes beginning in August
    • Spring Application Deadline - October 15 for classes beginning in January


    NOTE: Students interested in beginning classes in fall 2021 should contact the DDP Office to discuss an extended deadline and steps to apply.  Pharmacy.Online@cuanschtz.edu or 303-724-8980.

  • If the application deadline falls on a weekend or United States holiday, then the deadline will be next business day. Contact the DDP office regarding any concerns about meeting the application deadline. Otherwise, any application received after the semester’s deadline will be considered for the next admissions cycle. Acceptance into the program will be honored for one year from the start of the semester for which admissions was requested. Students who do not enroll in any course(s) within that year may be required to reapply. Admission extension into the program will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Policies and Procedures – As a student of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, all students are subject to all school and program policies, including ethics and conduct code and academic advancement policies. A full list of these policies is listed on the Policies and Procedures page.

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Tuition and Fees

New tuition rates are established each spring and normally go into effect fall semester. An outline of the current tuition and fees (US dollars) is located below in the tuition tab.

Once students have registered for classes, a bill for tuition and fees will be generated through the Bursar’s Office; students will not receive a paper bill. All tuition and fees are due within 30 days of the first day of class.

Students will not be able to register for subsequent semesters unless the bill from previous semesters has been paid in full. Once the payment is received and processed, an official statement of payment will be available online for use with taxes or for employee reimbursement programs.

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Refunds - Students who drop a class within the guidelines specified below will receive an adjusted tuition bill. The drop/add date is located on the DDP academic calendar. Any refunds due will be processed automatically by the Bursar's Office.

Drop DateRemaining Course LoadTuition DueTuition Refund
Before Drop DateZero or any course load0%100%
After Drop DateZero or any course load100%0%

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships sometime become available for students. An email will be sent to each student's UCDenver email account to inform students of any scholarship opportunities. In addition, scholarship information may be included in the News section of the School of Pharmacy website.

Financial aid information is available from the Anschutz Medical Campus Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

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Feb 27, 2020, 16:03 PM
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